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Tis the Season a Pencil Skirt from Zara


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Happy Wednesday Ladies!

I hope everyone is doing well and not too stressed from shopping for gifts! I love giving presents, I am like a kid when it comes to buying for others, and just the holiday season in general. As you know I do most of my shopping on-line and scored this favorite brick brown faux pencil skirt from Zara. One of my favorite stores





My hubby wanted to get this shot with all of the flowers, tress and Christmas tree


Mechanical Christmas Bear! IMG_5750                         New 1928 Earrings from the Black Friday special

I did buy this early on, as sometimes my size can go out of stock quickly and I do like their faux leather skirts, the color really stood out to me. .I have much in my closet this skirt can go with , and that is one thing I consider when adding to my wardrobe. How many other pieces do I have that can go with this? Is this practical? Will I wear it alot?

Here we were at “Barkdale” ( aka Birkdale) without my pups. I wanted to put them in their santa suits after they just got groomed as they look so cute, but it was too cold. We had to get some pictures by the tree and my hubby also had to get the mechanical Christmas Bear picture, as I call my little boy, teddy bear,or bear as he sits like it with his hind legs, and looks like one.

Speaking of mechanical Christmas bears, I used to be petrified of this Talking Tree, when I was around 5 or so, as it was in a department store my parents would take me. It had this big goofy face, and would talk to you once you got close enough. My mom said I used to cry just seeing it! Needless to say, I don’t break down or anything with the mechanical bears, I have outgrown it!

I found this cardi as part of the Mad Men collection, on Ebay, and loved it. It is rather light, so good for in between fall and winter seasons. I am a fan of leopard, as alot of us are, if it is done tastefully.

I do alot of my shopping on Ebay and Poshmark as far as finding some great deals. I like to pair some slightly more expensive pieces like the skirt with an inexpensive item like this cardi.

How do you shop? Do you like to mix and match pricier or designer pieces with other finds from thrift stores or Ebay? How do you now choose items to go in your closet? Do you have a fear of mechanical talking trees? 🙂

Have a wonderful day

Jess xo

( Skirt Zara, ), ( Cardi: Banana Republic Mad Men collection, similar), Shoes: ( Cole Haan, last yr bought Cole Haan.com , save on this version HERE  Earrings: 1928.com

Liking up with Get Your Pretty on, The Pleated Poppy, THe Mommy Chronicals,and Random Wednesday

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  • Reply
    Lorna Mai (@LornaMaiLtd)
    December 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Your cardi is lovely. I love the soft leopard and the woolen texture. These photos are fabulous. Love the Christmas tree photo.

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 13, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Glad you like it! I knew I liked the Mad Men collection, and this when I saw it. I will tell hubby about the photos, he loves photography! jess xx

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    Cate @ Wild Ruffle
    December 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Well, I didn’t have a fear of talking trees before… but now I kinda do. 😉 I usually shop at small, local boutiques – I love that you can usually find something unique!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 12, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Haha. Yes, I agree I love unique items too jess xx

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    Alexandra B.
    December 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    So it’s too cold for the pups and the santa suit but you are out there with just the thing cardigan … sounds a lot like what I did today 😛 The pencil skirt is great and I always ask myself the same questions … only sometimes they get over-ruled anyway 😉

    Alex – Funky Jungle

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      So true huh? thanks Alex, glad you like the outfit!! I am not a cold weather girl that is for sure ! take care , jess xx

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    Sabina “OceanblueStyle” B
    December 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

    this is again another fab Color choice Jess! This fit of the Cardigan is just so feminine and stylish. Suits you perfectly. I dont remember Christmas at a Young Age but have always loved it:) xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 11:39 am

      HI Sabina!! Glad you hear from you, I will stop by.Glad you like the outfit. I loved the cardi from the start, an am a Zara fan. What are u doing thus far for the Holidays? jess xx send me a tweet

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    December 11, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Zara knocks it out of the park again with that skirt! I want!!



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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 10:43 am

      thanks so much! jess xx Yes Zara is oe of my fav stores.

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    December 11, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I’m a total Zara fanatic! 🙂 I wish they’d build an actual store in KC.
    Love the pencil skirt- and would you look at that tree? Gorgeous!


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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

      You have to give kudos to my hubby for the tree shot, he takes the pics 🙂 Me too about zara. I shop mostly at Ann Taylor online, Zara, and the Ebay, PM, and other stores online. NO malls for me:_) jess xo

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    December 11, 2014 at 5:21 am

    You look really lovely doll, gorgeous. This big tree is amazing, love that!! I shop from all over the place, online mostly. Vintage shops in town and online. I prefer small businesses as I can get more unique items. I have a lot of vintage clothes, I try to stick with vintage or small business as it helps them more. I rarely go into malls or big shops as everything looks the same or their swamped with people and I become stressed, ha! I hope you are having a great week so far xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Thanks sweetie! So true. I can’t stand malls and I too shop all online. We don’t have vintage shops on line, but i try to get pieces though Etsy, Ebay.. I do not like the herds of people over the holidays as it should not be what the Holiday is about. jess xx

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    December 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I love that color, the skirt is lovely! Perfect with the lovely leo cardi! Love the photos of the Xmas tree, so pretty!
    I love to mix high and low and old and new, pattern – stripe… the more the merrier!
    I love ebay, and while it hard to buy things without trying it on, most sellers give measurements, and better fit information that retail stores… I also just discovered Posh Mark, reminds me of Ebay years ago. Love it!
    I am glad you are enjoying the season!
    xx, Elle

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Thank you Elle, I loved the color of this skirt right away. My hubby and I liked the framing of the Christmas tree photo too 🙂 I buy so much at Poshmark, I discovered it this spring, and it can be dangerous, as there are great deals too! jess. I too hope you are enjoying the holiday season as well. xo jess

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    December 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    So pretty! Love the texture of that skirt and that leopard cardigan is amazing!

    <3 Shannon

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Shannon, I loved the Mad Man collection at BR a few yers back, that is where the cardi was from. jess xo

  • Reply
    December 10, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    That skirt is perfect with your cardi! You can’t go wrong with Zara!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

      thanks Laura, yes I love Zara! jess xx

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    Jacket Society
    December 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Love the color of the skirt and it works perfectly with your cute leopard sweater. That’s an amazing Christmas tree, great pictures!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

      THanks much Nora! We had to get the tree shots in there, I would love to have it in our house, but my hubby would look like Clark Griswald trying to get it in the house haha, jess xo

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    December 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Well look who I ran into on the world wide web. Hello Jess!!!! Long time no see, but of course you are looking fab. Glad to see you are sharing it with the world.

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      OMG! hey girl.. I saw the name and I wondered , is it her? That sweetheart I knew years back! Of course Hi there. 🙂 It is a bit of a hobby, when you have time go to about me, and I wrote about my illness, and how this helps me. please stop by or leave me ur email xo jess

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    December 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    What a pretty color! Love how you tied it in with the leopard sweater. By the way, the color of your hair is simply gorgeous . Just beautiful!!

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      thanks so much!! Kreyola, I will stop by tomorrow, take care, jess xx

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    Monica Roese (GlamVolution)
    December 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    What a cute post, you look so pretty and that tree is awesome! I love Zara and thrifting is always fun, so I guess I mix a little from everywhere 😉

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      thank you! Yes, I do too! have a great week, jess xx

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    December 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Nice choice of jewelry. Like your photo sot.

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    December 10, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Gorgeous leather skirt and I love it paired with your cute leopard cardigan!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

      thanks Jennie!! have a great day, jess xx

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    December 10, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I would definitely say I do my shopping a little bit here…a little there.

    I love a pencil skirt…(and love Zara!)


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    Suzanne Carillo
    December 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

    That is fun that the tree talks! LOL Very different. It is a gorgeous tree and the photos are beautiful.

    I rarely shop at Zara but I bought their leather skirt a couple of weeks in this same colour. We really do gravitate towards the same pieces. Must be the hair 🙂

    I wanted to ask…where did you get your high lace up boots? I saw them in your Instagram feed and love them.


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      Jess Jannenga
      December 10, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Suzanne! Yes I think we have some similar tastes, I bet the red hair ! Those boots were from dansko but about 4 yrs ago. You never know perhaps try Ebay. I bought them from Zappos at the time.
      I love them too! take care, jess xx

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    Happiness at Mid Life
    December 10, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I ordered a bunch of items from Zara during the Black Friday sale and will be returning everything but a pair of silver loafers. I like this skirt on you – the color is great and I can see it going so well with many of the items you have in you closet. There’s a talking bunny at the mall during Easter that I took my son to when he was about 2, it freaked him out so bad when the bunny started saying his name. I have not taken him to see this bunny since then.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Hi Alice, well at least you got to keep your silver loafers , sometimes it is hit or miss. Glad you like the outfit. OMG what is it with talking trees and bunnies! jess xx

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    December 10, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Great color in this skirt and I love the Christmas tree pictures!

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      Jess Jannenga
      December 10, 2014 at 9:31 am

      THank you Pam! Glad you like them, Hubby wanted to get the trees and Xmas tree ! jess xx

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    December 10, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Beautiful photos. xx


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